Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Rebels Sweep Crucial Series

The Tampa Bay Rebels took a major step towards clinching home court advantage for the 2013 FBA playoffs by sweeping an important weekend series with the Florida Flight. The teams had split the first two meetings earlier in the season and sat in first and second place heading into Saturday. Following the back to back victories, the Rebels improved to 9-2, while the Flight fell to 5-5.

Saturday’s game, held in Tampa, was a battle from the very beginning. Although the Rebels gained the lead in the first quarter, the Flight made the most of their second-chance opportunities to stay within reach of the home team. After building a double-digit lead early in the third quarter, the Flight fought back to make it a two possession game. The Rebels made a final push to pull away in the decisive fourth quarter and secure a 91-80 victory.

Stan Bufford paced the Rebels with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 steals, while Cory Lemons added 17 points, 9 rebounds, and 9 assists. Chris Stephenson finished the game with 14 points and 9 rebounds, while fellow starter Xavier Shannon hauled in 8 rebounds.  Jonathan Brown and Jake Troyli came off the bench to chip in 14 and 11 points, respectively. The victory on Saturday moved the Rebels to 8-2 on the season.

Less than 24 hours later, both teams matched up again in Orlando in another crucial game for both teams. The Flight got off to a great start and built a lead that lasted virtually the entire first half. Facing a 44-43 deficit at the half, the Rebels used defensive pressure to create turnovers and converted those opportunities to build an 85-63 lead entering the final quarter. The Flight made a couple of strong runs in the fourth quarter, but Tampa Bay answered each time and came away with a 121-98 victory on the road.

The final score was reflective of an overall strong team effort by Tampa Bay with starters and reserves combining to fuel the team. Stan Bufford scored 25 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, leading the team in both categories. Point guard Cory Lemons added 24 points and 7 assists, while Chris Stephenson contributed 5 steals to go along with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Jonathan Brown turned in another solid effort with 11 points and 5 rebounds. The Rebels bench helped key the third quarter run as Aubrey West provided solid defense and timely 3-point shooting to finish with 13 points, while Jamison Clark poured in 24 points.

The Rebels are off until July 13th when they face the Palm Beach Knights in the final regular season home game of the year. A victory against the Knights would ensure that the Rebels will receive home court advantage throughout the playoffs. Tip-off is scheduled for 7pm at Freedom High in New Tampa. Children 13 and under receive free admission to the game, while those over 13 can purchase tickets for $10 at the gate or at the R●Sole store located in University Square Mall.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Lemons Earns 2nd Straight Weekly Award

Tampa Bay Rebels point guard Cory Lemons earned his second straight Florida Basketball Association Player of the Week honor after posting a triple-double in a victory against the Heartland Prowl on June 16th. Lemons finished the game with 26 points, 15 rebounds, 13 assists, and 4 steals. He becomes the first player in Florida Basketball Association history to win consecutive Player of the Week awards.

Lemons and the Rebels will host the Florida Flight at 7pm on Saturday June 22nd at Freedom High School in New Tampa. Fans 13 and under receive free admission to the game, while those over 13 can purchase tickets for $10 at the gate or at the R●Sole store located in the University Square Mall. For additional information on the Rebels, please visit www.tampabayrebels.com.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Rebels Tame Prowl

The Tampa Bay Rebels traveled to Lake Wales in Central Florida to face the Heartland Prowl in their final meeting of the Florida Basketball Association regular season schedule. “The final score, 108 – 92, does not reflect how the game was played. The Prowl was close throughout the whole game, making 3-point shots in transition and grabbing a number of offensive rebounds. We pulled away in the last four minutes,” Rebels Coach Fernando Rojas said.

The Rebels bench made a significant contribution on both ends of the floor, with veteran point guard Jonathan Brown contributing 17 points and 5 rebounds. The starting five set the tone of the game right from tip-off with point guard Cory Lemons delivering another solid performance and ending the contest with 26 points, including 9 of 10 from the free throw line, 15 rebounds and 13 assists for his first triple-double in a Rebels uniform. “Forward Stan Bufford had an impressive game on defense and offense,” Rojas said of Stan’s job. “That type of performance is what international teams are looking for - he had a great game against a great team.” Bufford finished with 16 points, 14 rebounds, 2 blocks and two spectacular dunks in the second half.

The Tampa Bay Rebels return to the court this weekend when they face the Florida Flight from Orlando in a key home and home weekend series. The Rebels will host Saturday’s game at 7pm at Freedom High School in New Tampa. Tickets can be purchased for $10 at the gate or you can purchase them at the R●Sole store located in University Square Mall. Fans 13 and under will receive free admission to the game. On Sunday, both teams will meet again in Orlando as they work toward solidifying their playoff position. Please visit www.tampabayrebels.com to get the latest information on the Tampa Bay Rebels.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Cory Lemons Named FBA Player of the Week

Tampa Bay Rebels point guard Cory Lemons has been named the Florida Basketball Association for the week ending June 9, 2013. Lemons scored 30 points on 11 for 20 shooting and was a perfect 7 for 7 from the free throw line. He added 7 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 steals and a block in his debut against the Heartland Prowl as the Rebels improved to 6-2 on the season.

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Sunday, June 9, 2013

Rebels Top Prowl

On Saturday June 8th, the Tampa Bay Rebels and the Heartland Prowl faced-off in their third meeting of the season at Freedom High School. After splitting the first two contests, each team expected a tough game, and both had to overcome challenges immediately. “Both teams had to face adverse floor conditions. The AC wasn’t on, and the recent weather conditions in the Bay area made the gym hot and the court slippery. We are glad none of the athletes got hurt,” commented Rebels Coach Fernando Rojas. 

The Rebels came out of the gate playing up-tempo basketball that resulted in a commanding a 16 point lead at half time. In the third quarter, the visiting team made a run behind forward Arnold Louis and guard Junior Geidi, which brought the Prowl back to within single digits at the beginning of the last period. The Rebels were able to control the remainder of game as they secured a 114-109 victory behind the strong play of new point guard Cory Lemons, who finished with 30 points and made all seven of his free throws. Center Charles Okwandu also added 21 points for Tampa Bay.

The Rebels will travel to Lake Wales next weekend to play the Prowl in the last regular season meeting between the two teams for the 2013 season. Please visit www.tampabayrebels.com for complete coverage and updated information.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Rebels Fall to Flight

The Florida Flight defeated the Tampa Bay Rebels 80 – 75 in Orlando this past weekend. The game was close from the tip-off with neither team pulling ahead by more than six points. The Rebels had their lowest shooting percentage from the field and the free throw line in the season. From the field, the team shot only 33% while also turning in their least efficient performance from the free throw line this season, shooting only 53% at the charity stripe. 

“We had 13 steals on the defensive end, but tonight we couldn’t make any shots from the field or the free throw line. Every team has a bad game every now and then, tonight was our turn. We’ll go back to the drawing board and be ready for the next one,” Coach Rojas commented after the game.

The 5-2 Rebels will look to snap their recent skid when they host the Heartland Prowl, who stand at 4-1, on Saturday, June 8th at 7pm at Freedom High School in New Tampa. Children 13 and under receive free admission to the game, while those over 13 can purchase tickets for only $10. Tickets can be purchased at the R●Sole store located in the University Square Mall near USF or at the Freedom High School gymnasium prior to tip-off. Additional information can also be found at www.tampabayrebels.com.